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"Company owner provided the service himself. Service was professinal, courteous, and efficient. He came to our home, put air ithe tire and moved the mower to the" drive way where his service truck was located. He tuned up the motor, repaired the tire with plugs, replaced the blades. His service took about 2 hours. Mower runs like new. This company provides other much needed services. See their website for details.

-Carolyn K.

"I had a garden tiller repaired and ordered a few replacement parts. The tiller repair I was satisfied with. When the parts arrived half of the order was wrong. I" understand this happens many times and it's certainly not the venders fault. My concern was how it was handled by CPE. I was informed it would take several days for their warehouse to get it straightened out. In the meantime I reinstalled most of the original parts. After several days of haggling with these people I finally came in to talk to the "owner". I was eventually reimbursed on my charge card but was informed by the owner that "time was money " and "I money on people like you" and that's why so many small businesses failed in the past. The bottom line: If their warehouse screws up it's somehow "your fault". At least that's what I was told. If CPE finds taking 2 minutes to straighten out a customer's bill that costly, perhaps customers should go BACK to Lowe's and Home Depot where you at least getting treated with dignity and respect. Small businesses don't go under from bad customers they go under from BAD MANAGEMENT !! It's amazing, a month before when I purchased a new chainsaw from CPE I wonder how much money Mr. lost on that. Everyone I see and talk to on a daily basis gets my experience first from Mr and CPE.

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Lawn Mower Repair and Maintenance

The average suburban lawn mower is a true workhorse, but you might not be maintaining it as well as you should. Here are some practical tips on troubleshooting common problems, how to make some lawn mower repairs yourself and how to maintain your mower so it keeps performing well year after year.

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The only time a carburator needs replacing is if you put some really corrosive cleaner in it that ate through the metal (usually aluminum), or if you have physically broken it.

Otherwise, carbs can be rebuilt - rebuild kits (that contain basically all the non-metallic parts, the primer bulb (usually) and carb gaskets) typically run $10-25. A tuneup (carb rebuild and new spark plug) with parts typically runs about $60-80 ($100-150 for rider mowers), although a lot of repair shops have $45-60 spring specials. Probably needs a sharpening too - another $10-15 or so when done as part of a tune-up.

By hiring someone to do it, I presume you mean taking it to a small engine repair shop with a good word of mouth reputation, and being sure to get a dropoff receipt and estimate in writing that you carry away with you.

If it runs at all, or ran last fall, this is probably all you need.

Compare this to the cost of a new mower - for a rider mower, no comparison of course - go with the carb cleaning and rebuild. However, for a standard 20-22 inch push power mower, replacement cost is about $140-250, depending on whether you go with a Walmart special or brand name, additional $100 or so if self-propelled or bagging type.

For a 10 year old push type power mower, if it sits outside all winter or is pretty rusty, since you are not mechanically inclined I would recommend getting a new mower - something like a Sears or Murray Ohio (at Target, WalMart, etc) plain-jane mower for about $150-180 unless you have steep hills or medical issues, then get the self-propelled model. A 20 inch or even 18 inch will do fine for a small lawn; if you have several lawns or a pretty big lawn area (over say 2500 SF) then you probably want a 22 inch - the extra path width makes quite a difference in how long it takes to mow.

If it sleeps in a shed or garage and is not rusting out, I would recommend a new one if the plain jane will do it for you, otherwise if the replacement one that you would buy is over about $250 I would go with the carb overhaul and tuneup.

I would STRONGLY recommend you get a 4 cycle engine - I swear by Briggs and Stratton rather than Tecumseh or other brands. 4 cycles start much easier and are less sensitive to fuel/air mix issues, and the plugs stay clean a lot longer. 2 cycles are lighter for the same horsepower which is why you see them a lot in outboard motors that are less than about 50-80 HP and in small generators and motorcycles, but they are a lot more tempermental about starting, especially in cold weather or after a long storage.

If you pay attention to proper winter storage procedure, rebuilding the carb on the old one should last you another 5+ years. I have a Murray Ohio with 4 cycle Briggs and Stratton engine that is 33 years old, lives in an unheated shed in a northern state, and has had nothing more than annual blade sharpening, oil change every few years, and one carb overhaul and plug cleaning (and ZERO new spark plugs) in its life, and starts by second pull every spring. The key is if you store it inside in a garage to run it dry each fall (so you do not have gas in the garage, for safety reasons in case it leaks out); if you leave it outside I fill the tank to the top so moisture cannot acccumulate from moist air "breathing" in and out of the tank due to temperature changes. I do this with mower, chain saw, leaf blower, weed wacker - all start on first or second pull in the spring (and throughout the summer). If you live in an area with a lot of moisture in the winter air (ours is very dry) you might have to add Heet or Sta-Bil to the fuel can (per instructions) before topping off tank.

You will find other people who say you HAVE to run it dry each season. Their theory is that if there is no gas in it then there is no gas to collect moisture or to evaporate and turn to varnish over the winter (though that generally takes a few years of sitting to happen). My theory is if it is filled with fuel it cannot dry out and leave varnish residue to block the fuel tube screen and fuel jets, plus it does not rust metal fuel tanks by being empty. To each their own procedure.


No personal experience on rider mowers but some with small rider tractors, but since you have gotten no response in 5 days, here is my 2 cents worth:


1) read the Consumer Reports and JD Powers reviews on rider mowers


2) from what neighbors have told me, TroyBilt are maintenance problem and not built very rugged, Sears tend to have transmission/drive train problems, those with John Deere say they were unhappy with the price but they run well and don't have extreme maintenance costs - so sounds to me like JD is best brand out there right now.


3) A recommendation also from personal small engine experience and neighbors - stay with Briggs and Stratton 4 cycle engines if possible, and stay away from 2 cycle engines - they are lighter and cheaper, but have a LOT more starting problems and tend to not last as long.

With you not saying what this is on - could be portable device or very small rider mower - check oill level - some fancier ones on air compressors and pressure washers and rider mowers have oil monitor that shuts it off if oil pressure does not build up. Failed governor spring (rare - would be one of my last guesses) can do this, but when I had it happen the engine ran up to speed and died in only a second or two - not 8 seconds. Governor linkage usually an external metal rod with springs connecting to the carb - try watching it during the 8 seconds to see if it is yanking the throttle/choke setting back causing it to shut down. Also check to be sure not blocked by twig or leaves or such. I would check the plug after it dies - if wet then you are pretty sure you are getting fuel, if dry then maybe it is only getting fuel from manual priming or automatic choke, but then the choke is cutting out and starving the engine for fuel. IF your model has accessible automatic choke linkage (or if choke plate is accessible if you remove air cleaner), try using a long tool (not fingers, in case of backfire through carb) to adjust choke angle to see if that will make it keep running - if you can see it after taking off air cleaner, it should be staying full on for probably 20-40 seconds before it opens up wide open if temperature contr4olled type, but the engine-speed type open up as soon as engine comes up to speed. Another possibility - check air cleaner to be sure not plugged with dirt - wash (and with many models oil) per owners manual instructions. Another common problem - starts on priming or choke, but when on regular fuel flow leans out and dies due to air leak in fuel line letting air in with fuel, or dirty screen in tank not letting enough fuel in to keep it running. Also, crudded up holes in the tank cap can cause vapor lock by not letting air in to tank to replace fuel consumed - remove and take out inner liner and check holes in liner and metal cap are open so you can see daylight through them. Another possibility - look for debris, etc keeping throttle from opening up - could be idle screw jiggled loose and is set too low. Try screwing it in a half turn or so to see if keeps running - because might be starting on choke but then when choke starts opening up the idle setting is too low so throttle is not open enough to keep it running. If consistently runs 8 seconds and dies, try turning the main needle valve 1/4 turn one way, then if tht does not work back the 1/4 turn plus 1/4 turn the other way (keep track of turns so you know where initial setting is) - if one or other makes better than adjust in that range for smooth running and no flooding or leaning out when you open throttle up.
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Since it would not start BEFORE you took it in for service, hard to blame them - even if rainfall did get in it, because they would assume when you delivered it that it was in "normal" condition, whjich presumably meant vaent closed. By "vent" on top of the gas tank I am not sure what you mean - a "vent" should not let a lot of water in, but if you mean the filler cap then certainly you would get about as much water depth in the tank as the number of inches of rain you had while it was sitting out.


Another possibility - vent was open during your fall washing down, and wash water got into the tank, which then ended up in the gas can for the winter, then back to the mower in the spring.


Other possibility - your gas can picked up a lot of water over the winter, particuylarly if metal and stored in a location where it could warm up during the day (evaporates gas) then as it cools overnight forms a partial vacuum so it pulls in moist air, which then condenses in the can and settles to the bottom. If using normal pour spout, the first thing out of the can in the spring would be the water (would be first into spout as you pour out), so water from the can might have gone into the mower at first filling.


Another possibility which is amazingly common - little Johnny decides to fuel the mower for you and poured water or bug juice or such in there.


BTW - most fuel stabilizers do NOT trap water - fuel stabilizer put a very thin layear on top of the liquid to retart evaporation, so your gaoline does not turn to diesel or sludge. To trap water and keep it from settling out you need alcohol - like Heet. Also, when draining tank, you should drain the first part into a clear containear (mayonnaise jar or such) then after it has settled a few seconds pour back to the can, leaving the water in the bottom of the jar to be disposed of.

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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Gaithersburg


To say is a miracle worker is an understatement. is incredibly knowledgeable and knows exactly how to create value for his customers, which is a rarity in businesses today. I found his prices to be reasonable and he went about his work promptly and professionally. When he was done, ...More test drove the mower to ensure everything worked. corrected all the problems with the lower deck being too low, fixed the instability, and it doesn't shake any more when I engage the mower blades. He doesn't try to upsell customers on parts and services they do not need. The mower works like a charm now, the deck looks correct and mows at the right height. There's no shaking at all now when I engage the blades. The motor doesn't struggle any more and everything runs and cuts a whole lot better than before.
- Matthew I.

Before picking up leaves in the back yard, I decided to change the oil on my riding mower. During this process I cut a wire on the mower. I ran into the house and called of . Two years ago, he came and did a major overhaul on my 18 years old mower and ever since it has run like a top. He came out quickly, ...More fixed the wire, and as usual he was pleasant, professional and extremely reasonable. They just don't come any better than !

At first it did not go well at all. It took 2 weeks longer than the repair was supposed to and it wasn't repaired properly when I got the mower back home. However, when I brought the mower back, they were extremely helpful and got it fixed and working better than ever once they had the right mechanic on the job. I understand things happen and it ...More does not go smoothly the first time, but they really came through and were very willing to get the job done right. I will use them from now on for all lawn equipment repairs and sales.
- Dominic R P.

Would highly recommend. I bought the 89$ tuneup and knew that there would be possible other repairs as the snowblower was 10+ years old and never serviced, especially after last winter.
I had made a mistake and purchased the snowblower and lawn mower tuneup and they immediately contacted me to say that I should contact angies list to change the ...More service as I was only needing the snowblower service and the cost was less. I appreciated that.
Communication was great, they came to house (which is awesome so you don't have to drag the snowblower anywhere) to do tuneup but took to shop for the other chute repair that was needed. They finished the repairs and delivered the snowblower. Although no snow to try it on yet, everything sounds great and chute moves so much better.
- Diane N.

Did a remarkable efficient and effective job. She was professional from the initial call to setup the appointment, to calling that she was on the way. The service was outstanding and fully explained and showed me all she did. What a great job and a unbelieveable pleasant personality to go with her technical services.
- Bill S.

After I tried to replace the spark plug and could not screw it into the port, I called to see what he thought the problem could be. The port is in an area that is difficult to access, and I ended up forcing the plug in with a wrench at the wrong angle, thus stripping the port threads. This problem could result in a major expense ...More to achieve a permanent repair, but managed to get the plug in and level with the margins. However, the next time I change it, he will have to either drill it out and use a heli-coil or replace a major part.
Last year explained how important it was to drain out all the gas in the tank and carburetor at the end of winter. This year he said that if I continued to do this, and use non-0xygenated gas with Star stabilizer along with a yearly oil change I might be able to wait 5 years before I need the spark plug changed (I have a relatively small driveway).
Once again saved the day and found a way to make a major problem manageable. This guy always responds quickly, takes care of the problem and/or gives you options along with valuable information to keep your small engines working.
Please see my 11/20/14 review of .

I contacted because I had no way to transport the equipment to a repair shop.
Heworking was able to pick both up the same day and returned in a couple of weeks with both operating better than ever.

Called and he called back very quickly. We set up a time for him to come out and look at the mower. He stated it would most likely need more than a tune up and gave me an approximate cost. He was on time and as soon as gas was added it began to leak at the carburetor. He took off the carburetor and cleaned it throughly. ...More He then changed the spark plug and the air filter. He checked the blade and then cracked it up and ran it for a few minutes. He had checked the oil and it looked good but wanted to check the level after the engine had run for a few minutes. Everything was good. grave me several tips on running and maintenance that will help the mower last longer and have less maintenance needs. Very professional and very efficient as he was done in less than an hour. I appreciate an independent businessman that knows what he is doing and provides great service and information.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Gaithersburg, MD

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Alyosha Village

13674 hiddenhollow ln

At Your Home Services

17716 Crystal Spring Ter

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Blunards Repair

416 N Stonestreet Ave

BMC Group Inc

9824 Sudley Manor Dr

c&p tree&landscape

8801 Arlington blvd

Cheapside Lawn Service

5235 Navaho Drive

Chris' Automotive

PO Box 191

College Landscaping Business

794 kimberly Court east

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue

dp Small Engine Repair

4069 Bill Moxley Rd
Mount Airy

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

finishing touch

20202 lea pond

Fireside Stone & Patio

76 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City



Gaithersburg Equipment Co

700 E Diamond Ave

Gaithersburg Rental Center

219 E Diamond Ave

Green Foot Landscaping ,LLc

Po Box 60541

Henry's Housework Inc

13433 Tilford Ct

Java Garage Auto Repair & U-Haul Rental

2700 Hanover Pk

JP General Contractor

1604 Indiana Ave





Living The Dream Now

8300 Greensboro Dr.



Lowen Services

11307 Brookside ct

Maintenance Lawn Services

PO Box 2053

Midnight Plow Boys, LLC.

4949 Walkingfern Drive



N & S Rentals / Ace Hardware


Poinciana Hope

1608 Warren Avenue

Poolesville Small Engine

15100 Barnesville Rd

Rainbow Tool & Party Rentals, Inc.

6705-a Electronic Drive

RC 4 Construction, Inc

5504 Peppercorn Drive

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Revit Auto

Silver Spring

Romero Landscaping Inc

4312 Pinetree Rd

RWC Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal

5907 Dorsey Dr

Salinas grounds company

7922 Janna lee ave


7103 Democracy Blvd

Sears - Manassas

8200 Sudley Rd

Seven Brothers


Sullivan Landscaping

6633 Belle Chase Ct.

Sun Brite Supply of Maryland

16620 Oakmont Avenue

The Home Depot

8805 Liberia Ave

True Custom Painting

4200 Landgreen St

U.S Lawn Care Plus

2300 Pimmit Dr

Villanuevas Landscaping

3507 Rolling Hills Ave



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